Loneliness NZ

Our counselling services

Welcome! With counselling your can get to know yourself, others and your landscape!

How we can help you

Explore your loneliness feelings

Discover a confidential environment where you can explore your feeling and challenges around your loneliness experiences.

We help you rebuild self-esteem, make deeper connections, heal from past hurts, or overcome emotional challenges.

Our compassionate holistic care

We care deeply about your feelings of loneliness, and our highly trained counsellors understand what you’re going through and holistically consider everything that might affect you. 

Our counselling uses proven methods, providing you with thorough and effective support.

Creating a trusting relationship

Your safety and building a trusting, meaningful relationship with you are at the heart of our service. Our empathetic counsellors create a compassionate, non-judgemental space for you. We acknowledge your pain, trauma, and the stigma surrounding loneliness.

Personalised support anywhere in NZ

Work closely with a skilled counsellor in personalised one-on-one online counselling sessions. Each session is tailored to your unique needs.  

Through Zoom video conferencing, we strive to create a warm and personal atmosphere, fostering a strong connection between you and your counsellor, while giving you the convenience of connect with us from anywhere in New Zealand.

Meet our counsellors

Meet our dedicated counselling team Cathy Comber and Jan Morrison.

Cathy Comber

Kia ora. I’m Cathy.

You are unique in your humanness and where you are in life right now. Helping you on your next steps will be my pleasure and privilege. 

Your autonomy, culture, and preferences are respected in every session, with your safety and trust as my top priorities.

With my training and understanding of loneliness, I adapt my approach to suit you. We’ll collaborate, and your input and feedback are always welcomed. Whether you prefer short-term or longer-term support, we’ll find what works best for you.

Throughout our time together, I may integrate elements from various theories to meet your unique needs. Together, we’ll explore different perspectives and reflections to improve your world.

Loneliness NZ is focused on individuals. Loneliness often stems from our connections with others, so I also offer joint sessions through my private practice if you and another person want to address loneliness within your relationship. Together, we can enhance the connection and intimacy you both seek.

Loneliness NZ holds a special place in my heart, as it’s one of my deepest passions. I co-founded the Trust with the aim of assisting those whose lives are impacted by loneliness. This journey has enriched my understanding of loneliness through my interactions with clients and academic pursuits.

Being a pioneer in researching counselling for loneliness, my Master’s thesis delved into loneliness and pluralistic counselling, exploring its trauma, stigma, and pain. I’m committed to ongoing professional development, staying connected with the latest research in the field through my involvement with the Global Initiative on Loneliness and Connection and the NZAC.

Cathy is a fully accredited member of NZAC and Te Whatu Ora. She holds formal qualifications including MCouns, PGDipCounsTh, PGDipBusiness (HRM), and BCom (with Psychology).

Beyond her contributions to Loneliness NZ, Cathy runs her private practice, Cathy Comber Counselling. Here, she offers general counselling, relationship counselling for individuals, and joint sessions for couples, family and marriage counselling. You can find her full career history on LinkedIn

Cathy is a pluralistic counsellor who embraces a diverse range of theories in a flexible manner. Whether you opt for short-term, brief intervention counselling or coaching, or prefer longer-term support, Cathy values your input and feedback. Her goal is to understand the most effective ways for you to benefit from our sessions together.

In her practice, Cathy integrates elements from various theories, tailored specifically to meet your unique needs and preferences. Some of the models and theories you might encounter during your sessions with her include:

  • Humanistic Perspectives: such as Person-Centred, Gestalt, Emotion-Focused, and Narrative approaches.
  • Positive Psychology: including Growth Mindset, Emotional Intelligence, Mindfulness, and fostering synergistic relationships.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Techniques: including reframing beliefs to promote positive change.
  • Interpersonal and Family Approaches: encompassing Family Systems and Internal Family Systems, as well as Transactional Analysis.
  • Motivational Interviewing: to support and enhance your motivation for change.

Cathy is committed to providing you with a supportive and empowering therapeutic experience, tailored to your individual journey and goals.

To get started with Cathy, please take a moment to review the “What to Expect from Our Services and About Counselling” section. Once you’ve had a chance to read through, you can fill out the form below to register with Loneliness NZ. While we can’t guarantee who you’ll be paired with, you’re welcome to request Cathy as your counsellor if you’d like.

The registration fee is $40, payable to Loneliness NZ. We understand that reaching out for support can be a big step, and we want you to feel comfortable you have the right counsellor for you. So, your first session with us is complimentary. 

After that, we kindly ask for donations based on a voluntary contribution scale, which you can find below. We hope you find our explanation of “Why Do We Ask for Minimum Contributions for Each Session?” helpful. This is in our “What to Expect from Our Services and About Counselling” section.

Voluntary Contribution Scale

Household Income per yearIndividual session minimum donation
Up to $30,000$60
Up to $40,000$90
Up to $50,000$110
Up to $60,000$130
Up to $80,000$145

Jan Morrison

Hello, I’m Jan.

I firmly believe that every individual possesses the capacity to become their best selves; sometimes, all it takes is the right prompt or tools. My counselling style is centered around the client, characterized by empathy, safety, and a non-judgmental attitude. I view sessions as collaborative and flexible, recognizing the unique needs of each individual. Your input and feedback are always welcome, as they help tailor our sessions to best suit you.

Throughout my career, I’ve worked with clients spanning from 12 to 65+ years old in various settings. These include telephone helpline counseling, mentoring youth through the campus connections program, as well as providing face-to-face and online counseling. I’ve also facilitated grief groups, both within schools and for adults. Before venturing into counselling, I had a background in HR and recruitment, as well as adult education. I took some time off to raise my family, which has been incredibly rewarding.

Although I was born in Auckland, I’ve had the opportunity to travel extensively, living in places like Hong Kong and Australia. Now, I’m happily settled back in Auckland with my family – my husband, two adult children, and our beloved Burmese cat. When I’m not working, you’ll often find me indulging in my hobbies, such as tramping, paddle-boarding, and recently, tai chi, which has been a delightful discovery. Otherwise, I’m likely immersed in a good book, as I have a passion for reading.

Jan is registered with the NZAC and is working towards her professional membership. She has completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Theory and has an MA (Hons). Jan is a pluralistic counsellor, who draws upon a diverse range of theories and approaches.

To get started with Jan, please take a moment to review the “What to Expect from Our Services and About Counselling” section. Once you’ve had a chance to read through, you can fill out the form below to register with Loneliness NZ. While we can’t guarantee who you’ll be paired with, you’re welcome to request Jan as your counsellor if you’d like.

The registration fee is $40, payable to Loneliness NZ. We understand that reaching out for support can be a big step, and we want you to feel comfortable you have the right counsellor for you. So, your first session with us is complimentary. 

After that, we kindly ask for donations based on a voluntary contribution scale, which you can find below. We hope you find our explanation of “Why Do We Ask for Minimum Contributions for Each Session?” helpful. This is in our “What to Expect from Our Services and About Counselling” section.

Voluntary Contribution Scale

Household Income per yearIndividual session minimum donation
Up to $30,000$60
Up to $40,000$90
Up to $50,000$110
Up to $60,000$130
Up to $80,000$145

Frequently asked questions

Seeking help and finding the right support can be a significant step. To assist you in making informed decisions and addressing any questions you might have, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions.

How counselling helps

Click on the button to see the list of questions relating to counselling:
  • When is counselling a good pathway to overcoming loneliness?
  • When is the right time to consider counselling?
  • How important is choosing the right counsellor for me?
  • Why is collaboration in sessions important?
  • Why should I choose professional support?
  • What if I only want to chat or be checked up on?
  • What if I am in crisis? Please phone 111 or 1737.

What to expect from our service

 Click on the button below to see the list of questions relating to our service:

  • How do I register?
  • What is my financial contribution for each session?
  •  Why do you ask for minimum contributions for each session?
  • What if I am having financial challenges?
  • What about session appointments do I need to know?
  • What can you tell me about the video technology?
  • What are your services for groups and organisations?
  • What are your service provision and limitations?
  • Where can I make donations?

Starting counselling sessions with us

We understand that reaching out for help can be a daunting step, and so our counselling services are designed to provide you with the support and guidance you need to navigate through your feelings of loneliness. When you’re ready, please fill out the form to explore counselling sessions with us. 

What to Expect Next

After pressing send, wait for us to get in touch to start the process of contacting you and setting up sessions. Thank you for taking this step! We look forward to helping you taking this step in your journey.